2014 Illinois State Fair Chili Cookoff

The 2014 Illinois State Fair is going strong and finishes on August 17, with an International Chili Society (ICS) regional chili cookoff featuring Red Chili, Chili Verde, and Salsa contests. The fair also has a lot going on including entertainment during the cookoff – and don’t forget the fair food. After the cookoff the Grandstand features the Robin Thicke and the band Magic. Come join the fun it is not too late to sign-up.

Winners of these contests qualify to compete in the ICS’s World Championship in October. This event is also a World Food Championship qualifying event. The World Food Championships are scheduled to be held in Las Vegas in November.

The contests are open to any member of the ICS. Cooks may join the ICS upon application for this contest. Pre-registered cooks will get a pass into the grounds and free parking. Entry fees are still $30-red; $20 – verde and $15 Salsa. Trophies and cash prizes will be awarded for the top three in each category.

Don’t be shut out!

Interested persons can go to the ICS web site at www.chilicookoff.com , the State Fair web site at  http://www.agr.state.il.us/isf/general.htm, or they can contact chairman Larry Eastep at  chilliexperience@comcast.net or 217 622-3805

LAKE ARROWHEAD CHILI COOK OFF & COUNTRY JAMBOREE

chilicookoff:

Join us for the Lake Arrowhead REGIONAL Chili Cook Off on August 16.

This Amazing Southern California mountain resort has it all.

The event also features great music, vendors and shops, games for the kids and more. 

http://www.lakearrowheadchilicookoff.com/

http://chilicookoff.com/Event/Event_Display.asp?EventID=3419

Set-up is between  7:30 - 9:00 AM  

 

9:30                     Cooks Meeting

10:00 - 1:00       Chili Verde Cook time

11:00                    Turn in Salsa

12-3                      Red Chili cook time

12- gone               Give out People’s Choice Chili

1                             Turn in chili verde

3                            Turn in Red Chili

4:30                     Awards

5 - 6:00               Load out 

WASHINGTON STATE CHILI COOKOFF - AUGUST 16, 2014

We’re so close at Washington State Chili Cookoff Saturday, August 16 at Emerald Downs in Auburn. 

We want YOU!!

Chili Verde- Only 1 needed to sanction. 

Deadline with Health Department is Friday, August 1. 

Enter Chili Red, Verde, Salsa or all 3! 

Great spot down from the grandstands near the winner’s circle across from the track. 

Please connect NOW and let’s sanction all 3!

We can do this!

Thanks!

 Cindy

360.589.7751

DEEP CREEK CHILI COOKOFF CANCELLED FOR THIS YEAR!

I am sorry to say but we have made the decision to cancel the 9th Annual Deep Creek Chili Splash that was scheduled for Saturday, August 9th

Unfortunately we lost more cooks over the weekend putting our numbers to an extreme low.

We do plan on continuing this even next year and I will be sure to keep in contact with you on dates, info, etc…

Thank you

John McCracken

Marketing Coordinator

Wisp Resort
296 Marsh Hill Rd
McHenry, MD 21541
301.387.4000 ext.2211

301.616.6493

jmccracken@wispresort.com

www.wispresort.com

LAKE ARROWHEAD CHILI COOK OFF & COUNTRY JAMBOREE

Join us for the Lake Arrowhead REGIONAL Chili Cook Off on August 16.

This Amazing Southern California mountain resort has it all.

The event also features great music, vendors and shops, games for the kids and more. 

http://www.lakearrowheadchilicookoff.com/

http://chilicookoff.com/Event/Event_Display.asp?EventID=3419

Set-up is between  7:30 - 9:00 AM  

9:30                   Cooks Meeting

10:00 - 1:00         Chili Verde Cook time

11:00                 Turn in Salsa

12-3                    Red Chili cook time

12- gone             Give out People’s Choice Chili

1                       Turn in chili verde

3                       Turn in Red Chili

4:30                     Awards

5 - 6:00               Load out 

I am pleased to announce the DC Chili Cookoff will be held again at the Clarendon Day Street Festival, a great family event!
This worked very well last year and we are all excited to return this year! The venue offers plenty of room for all.
The official title of the event will be “Clarendon Day featuring the DC Chili Cookoff”. It is very close to the Hard Times Cafe in Clarendon, which is actually Arlington, VA. The date is 9/27/14 and the winners will qualify for the 2014 ICS World Championship Chili Cookoff.
 
We are working on the site layout and other details and will post them as soon as they are in place. 
Please let me know if you want to compete and in what categories (Red Chili, Chili Verde, Salsa and Homestyle) or if you would like to help, judge or just come out and have fun - bell_fred@yahoo.com -

I am considering holding a Certified Chili Judge class if we can get enough interest, so please let me know if you are interested.
Fred Bell

Chief Judge

I am pleased to announce the DC Chili Cookoff will be held again at the Clarendon Day Street Festival, a great family event!

This worked very well last year and we are all excited to return this year! The venue offers plenty of room for all.

The official title of the event will be “Clarendon Day featuring the DC Chili Cookoff”. It is very close to the Hard Times Cafe in Clarendon, which is actually Arlington, VA. The date is 9/27/14 and the winners will qualify for the 2014 ICS World Championship Chili Cookoff.

 

We are working on the site layout and other details and will post them as soon as they are in place.

Please let me know if you want to compete and in what categories (Red Chili, Chili Verde, Salsa and Homestyle) or if you would like to help, judge or just come out and have fun - bell_fred@yahoo.com -


I am considering holding a Certified Chili Judge class if we can get enough interest, so please let me know if you are interested.

Fred Bell

Chief Judge

WESTERN REGIONAL CHILI COOKOFF Saturday, August 2, 2014

Presented by Del Mar Thoroughbred Club

In just a few days we all get together for a fun-filled day at the races, cooking chili and enjoying being with all of our friends!  Once again the winners of Red & Verde will be invited to the World Open Chili Championship in Vegas Nov 14-16, 2014.

Adding to the festivities of the day is the 2nd annual credit union chili challenge sponsored by XDI with even more entries than last year.  This is a great addition to the overall event attracting an even larger public crowd to taste chili.

We are not in the in-field area this year, so please come to the concert area at the west end of the grandstand and you will be directed further. 

As a reminder, a 40” TV will be awarded to one lucky cook.  A drawing will be held to determine the winner.  One ticket will be given to each red and verde cook plus cooks serving people’s choice only.  Participating ICS cooks bringing in a new cook will receive one extra ticket and so will the new cook.

Please sign up at www.chilicookoff.com - For additional information, please contact Red Brecke, Chairman 858-674-0840 r.brecke@yahoo.com or Mike Stewart, Vice-Chairman 909-796-4122 stewartw@pbworld.com  We hope to see you all there!

Southwest Regional and New Mexico State (Back to Backs) Aug. 9 & 10, 2014

    Now that the World’s Championship dates have been released, it’s time to come on out to Albuquerque, New Mexico on August 9th and August 10th for Back to Back Qualifiers (Regional on Saturday and State on Sunday).  It’s after Western Regional and Massachusetts State this year.  Only 2 weeks remain until these fun and exciting cookoffs are held.

What more can you ask for?  The Route 66 Casino and Hotel, only 20 minutes from downtown Albuquerque, on I-40, supplies tents, tables and chairs for you (like the World’s).  You can drive or fly in.  There are NO ENTRY FEES, provided you supply 2+ gallons of People’s Choice Chili to give away to the large crowds.  WE NEED YOUR HELP TO KEEP THESE 2 QUALIFIERS.  We are close to our 20 needed for Saturday and have our numbers for Sunday. 

Enjoy the huge car show along with the chili cookoffs, and a DJ who plays great music all day long, and visit the friendly casino that offers all kinds of gambling.  Did I mention, the Route 66 Casino and Hotel, also treats the Chili Cooks to a ceramic Chip and Dip set, and a $10 discount coupon off the buffet for Saturday night. 

Room rates are $69/night.  All rooms have refrigerators.  Call 1-866-711-STAY by August 3rd and mention “Chili Cookoff” for the rate. 

Register on line for the cookoffs:

http://www.chilicookoff.com/Event/Event_Display.asp?EventID=3393

http://www.chilicookoff.com/Event/Event_Display.asp?EventID=3394 

Bob & Kathy Plager

Chief Judge and Chief Scorekeeper

Bob98Champ@aol.com

720-244-0990 cell for more information

 

WASHINGTON STATE CHILI COOKOFF - AUGUST 16, 2014

Hello all,

Just a quick message. We are SO close to reaching our magic 10 for Chili Verde! Please enter NOW so we sanction in green! Washington State Chili Cookoff is Saturday, August 16 at Emerald Downs and we want to have our entries in by July 31.

Help us reach 20 in Chili Red. Salsa has just gone over the magic 10, so keep ‘em coming. 

And remember, if you enter all 3-there is a $70 combo rate for ICS members ($40 Red, $25 Verde, $15 Salsa). 

More details coming soon!

Let’s make it HOT & CHILI in Washington state!

Thanks,

Cindy

LAST MINUTE VACATION OPPORTUNITIES IN THE NORTHEAST

Looking to get one last vacation in before the kids are back in school and summer ends? There are two opportunities coming right up.

Start your vacation this weekend in beautiful Vermont with the Vermont State Cookoff in Arlington. Spend the week vacationing in the Green Mountains and finish it up on August 2nd at the 30th Annual Massachusetts State Cookoff in Winchendon.

If you wait a bit longer you can start your vacation on August 16th at the NH State Cookoff in Hudson, spend a week exploring the mountains, lakes and beaches (NH does have 11 miles of coastline) and continue up to Wells, Maine on the 23rd for the Maine State Cookoff.

Operators are standing by. Make your reservations now!

CALIFORNIA STATE CHILI COOKOFF RESULTS

Another great weekend! The venue and the weather were beautiful. When we got there cooks were already setting up and had already been made aware of the “handicapped” area (near restrooms and judging areas). As Mike & Tony were unloading the El Pato donations to the cooks and judges, Smart & Final began setting up their booth with cornbread and tea in addition to the goodie envelopes delivered to the cooks, and the Cattledrive booth was set up to distribute the chili donation all day long. Mike Austin did his usual great job as Chief Judge; scorekeepers were Donnie Gordon, Ellen Dyer and Tish Crawford; Wranglers and general everywhere workers included Tony Austin, Bob Witt, Jim LaTendresse and Bob Dyer. Thank you all. You are the ones who make a cookoff run smoothly as this one did! And the winners:

People’s Choice

2nd Place - Clark McGee, CA

1st Place - Nick Donato, CA

Salsa (10 Contestants)

3rd Place - Clark McGee, CA

2nd Place - Marion Donato, CA

1st Place - Nick Donato, CA

Chili Verde (10 Contestants)

3rd Place - Russell Barnes, CA

2nd Place - Ray Bogart, NV

1st Place - Barry Steinberg, CA

Red Chili (18 Cooks)

4th Place (3 way Tie ) Dave Thomas, Bill Ray & Karl Smith

3rd Place - Russell Barnes, CA

2nd Place - Eileen Beaty, CA

1st Place - Mike Hulka, CA

Congratulations to the winners! Thank you to all of the cooks and volunteers. Hope to see you all in Beatty in August.

 

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